I. Arts, ideas and values of Western culture.
II. Primary works of literature, visual arts, music, drama, film and/or philosophy/religion.
III. An overview of the development of Western Culture from approximately 1600 A.D. through the present, including the cultural eras of the Baroque, the Neoclassical, the Romantic, the Modern and the Postmodern. May be delivered chronologically or thematically.
IV. Works of enduring significance in Western culture and the legacy or heritage of Western culture in today's world.
V. A representative sampling of primary literary texts taken from the following:
A. Prose: Milton, Fielding, Richardson, Austen, Balzac, Bronte, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Hugo, Tolstoy, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, Sartre, Camus, Kafka, Proust, Borges, Garcia-Marquez, Solzhenitsyn, Baldwin, Wright, Ellison, Morrison, Kingston and Wollenstonecraft.
B. Poetry: Pope, Shelly, Byron, Wordsworth, Elliot, Yeats, Dickenson, Whitman, Paz and Neruda, Angelou, Brooks, BonTemp, Locke or Cullen.
VI. A representative sampling of theatre such as Corneille, Moliere, Racine, Ibsen, Chekov, Brecht, Cocteau, O'Neill, Shepard or Beckett.
VII . A representative sampling of film by directors such as Chaplin, Ford, Hitchcock, Huston, Welles, Bunuel, Renoir, Fellini, Rossellini, Bergman, Micheaux, Lee, Singleton or Allain
VIII. A representative sampling of political and philosophical thought such as Bacon, Locke, Hobbes, Rouseau, Smith, Voltaire, Kant, Marx, Mill, Freud, Nietzsche, De Beauvoir, Freidan, Gandhi, Fanon, Foucault, Bakhtin, DuBois, Douglass, King or Malcolm X.
IX. A representative sampling of visual arts taken from the following:
A. Baroque: Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruysdael, Hals, Caravaggio Vermeer, Poussin, Gentileschi,
B. Roccoco: Watteau, Gainsborough, Tiepolo
C. Neoclassisism: David, Ingres, Canova, Greek Revival, Pompeii and Herculaneum
D. Realism: Courbet, Van Gogh, Gericault,Delacroix, Daumier, Whistler
E. Romanticism: Friedrich, Goya, Cole, Constable, Turner, Church, Beirstadt
F. Modernism: Munch, Chagall, Duchamp, Klee, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Klimt, Pollack, Dali, De Kooning
XI. Comparison to a non-Western culture in Asia and Africa.
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